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Monday, May 27, 2019

CD Review: The Last Taxi - New Destinations


Chiara Liuzzi (voice, electronics, sound objects), Giorgia Santoro (flute, bass flute, bansuri, xiao, piccolo, voice, effects), Adolfo La Volpe (guitar, live electronics), Giacomo Mongelli (drums), Chris Rathbun (bass), Pat Battstone (piano).
(Review by Steve T)

Ethnic sounding flute and female voice with something going on behind. I knew this was going to be a tricky review, with three out of six musicians playing electronics, sound objects, effects and live electronics, not to mention a couple of instruments I've never heard of. Anybody who would be interested in it will probably have already made up their minds.


Track two evolves into something resembling a jazz piano trio, then voice - and possibly some discernible lyrics - before some unusual guitar chords joined in, then flute.

Some breathing and sound-effects lead into another piano trio, plus more obscure, obtuse guitar chords, then joined by one of the flute family before it settles into a basic rock rhythm, giving the whole thing some welcome release.

Piano, heavy breathing, some effects, guitar but this time it's a long piece to sustain. And so it goes on though becoming increasingly difficult to maintain interest.

Until track ten of thirteen. Morning in a Japanese Garden   with some Far East Asian sounding instrumentation and vocalising, joined by some lovely, tasteful ivory tinkling bringing a contrasting Western flavour.

I'd love to say the album is better than my futile adjectives suggest but, if I'm honest, I suspect I'm making it sound better than it actually is. While there is a market for this type of thing, I doubt if anybody from the regular Bebop Spoken Here team are equipped to do it justice. Ann Alex claims she has been promoted to reviewing instrumental albums so perhaps I've been demoted to reviewing a vocal album, although I remain uncertain whether there are any recognisable words.

I don't dislike it and some of it's very good, and I'm not averse to interludes, provided they enhance the jouissance, here the best bits would work fine as interludes, but fall short as highlights.

I suspect it will be far more interesting live and I would certainly try to catch them if they played the North East, so perhaps that's where they could sell it.
Steve T 

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